The Jackson Laboratory

Scientist, Mass Spectrometry I/II

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/11/2020 4:23 AM)
Job ID
Scientist, PostDoctoral Associate, Professor/Faculty 


Chemistry and physics meet biology and genomics in the Mass Spectrometry and Protein Chemistry (MSPC) Service at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX).  We are seeking a Mass Spectrometry Scientist who can leverage innovative mass spec techniques, especially in the area of small molecule and metabolomics analyses, to advance JAX faculty research. Working in a high throughput, service-based facility, this position requires a high degree of independence working as a secondary interface between the facility and its users.  For more information, see


The Mass Spectrometry Scientist is responsible for organizing, executing, and recording benchwork and database entry for user projects, including LC/MS sample preparation, method development, operation, maintenance, data analysis, and quality control.  The duties and responsibilities include carrying out current and future techniques and SOPs of MSPC, as well as providing consultation and advice to investigators on future projects, new techniques, and applications. 



  • Operates mass spectrometers (QTOF, Orbitrap, and Triple Quadrupole) and associated liquid chromatography and software systems for user projects.
  • Communicates results to users in a timely manner.
  • Assists in the development of new liquid/gas chromatograpy-mass spectrometer (LC/MS and GC/MS) methods as required by JAX scientists.
  • With direction, will communicate with JAX scientists, including one-on-one meetings, emails, participation in customer’s lab meetings and seminars, in support of projects across all JAX campuses.
  • Maintenance of mass spectrometers and associated technologies. Supports other MSPC projects with acquired cross-training and translational skill sets.
  • Supports improvements in equipment, analysis, and other aspects of MSPC operations with internal and external funding.
  • Keeps current with new developments in the field and ensures the training of faculty and users in state-of-the-art skills, and seeks/recommends professional development opportunities to advance knowledge and facility capabilities.


  • For Mass Spec Scientist I: M.S. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or related life sciences field and 3 years of experience working in a position as a Mass Spectrometrist; or PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or related life sciences field and 1 year of direct Mass Spec experience.
  • For Mass Spec Scientist II: M.S. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or related life sciences field and 5 years of experience working in a position as a Mass Spectrometrist; or PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or related life sciences field and 2 years of direct Mass Spec experience.
  • Experience in application of mass spectrometry to furthering biological discovery, with metabolomics and Orbitrap experience preferred.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, to work effectively with people across disciplines, cultures, and levels of sophistication, with a strong track record of customer relation skills and emotional intelligence in exercising discretion, judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to multi-task, utilitze prioritization and project management skills, and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, analyze, and interpret mass spectrometry data and to communicate results to customers and peers.


To apply, please submit a cover letter with CV or résumé, to consider application complete.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn., and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, Calif., and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.

JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!


Our Values:

INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right

PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us


What do we have to offer?

JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.

Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

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